Cebu airport terminal soon to rise

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News - Riñen) ( Fayette C.

CEBU - Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya led the ceremonial concrete pouring for the P17.5 billion passenger terminal building II of the Mactan Cebu International Airport ( MCIA) at the old site of the Philippine Air Force base in Lapu- Lapu City.

Abaya said the activity ing the terminal project, signifies the completion of bared that the facility occuthe government’s task unpies over 65,000 sq. m. and is der the public- private expected to be finished by partnership ( PPP) project February of 2018. as it shifts its role to being a The expansion will inregulator once the terminal crease passenger capacity to is completed. 12 million annually from the

“The PPP is best exemcurrent 4.5 million, he furplified and explained by ther said. “This is actually the showcasing the Mactan first PPP airport project. With Cebu airport rather than go this, we are building history,” into technicalities. We said Ferrer. should push for PPP This year alone, four projects,” Abaya said. “Effinew international flights will cient transportation is a open from Cebu to Los Anbasic human right and geles, Dubai via Clark, Taipei supports major drivers of and Xiamen, said GMCAC economic growth espeChief Executive Advisor Ancially in the areas of drew Harrison, further tourism and agriculture.” strengthening the

Louie Ferrer, president company’s goal of promotof the GMR- Megawide ing Cebu as a regional hub to Cebu Airport Corp. the rest of the world. ( GMCAC) that is undertak- “The opening for addi- tional flights this year will create more trade and employment opportunities for Cebu,” said Harrison, adding the construction of the terminal project within the next two years will generate around 3,000 jobs.

Abaya said once the world- class terminal is completed, the MCIA is expected to become the best airport in the region from its current rank of 18th best airport in Asia.

He said five new regional airports will soon be bidded out under the PPP structure. These airports with an estimated cost of P106 billion are located in Panglao, Bohol; Bacolod; Iloilo; Davao; and in Laguindingan, Cagayan de Oro.

Seven well- known bidders are set to participate in the bidding of these five PPP regional airport projects, said Abaya.

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